BOSTON, Mass.—Armenian President Serge Sarkisian will visit Boston on March 28-31 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the second independence of the Republic of Armenia. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place on March 29 at 10:30 a.m., at the Armenian Genocide Memorial at the Armenian Heritage Park. The tribute will also feature a presentation of colors and a short program with Massachusetts officials.
The official arrival ceremony will take place on March 30 at 12:45 p.m. at the Massachusetts State House. During the arrival ceremony, there will be a special event on the Massachusetts State House Staircase as elected officials welcome President Sarkisian and Armenian Ambassador to the United States Grigor Hovhannissian.
During his stay, Sarkisian will meet with community leaders and plans to visit various organizations and institutions, including the St. Stephen’s Armenian School and the Hairenik Association headquarters. The President will also visit both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sarkisian is visiting the U.S. to participate in the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., which will take place from March 31 to April 1. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will also attend the meeting. In anticipation of Aliyev’s visit, leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in February called on President Barack Obama to use the opportunity to personally press the Azerbaijani leader to stop obstructing the implementation of the life-saving Royce-Engel peace proposals for Nagorno-Karabagh.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West